Tea In India
By: Juliana Santilli
Tea was originally introduced to India by the British during the time of the "British East India company". Ideally the British began to grow tea in India as an attempt to crush China in the economic competition of trade. In the 1820's the "British east India company" began a very large production of tea in Assam, India. In 1837, the English tea garden was created in Cahabua in Northern Assam. By the 1940's, the "Assam Tea Company" was a widespread commercial production in the city of Assam. Soon in the 1950's the tea industry grew faster and faster taking up many regions of land for tea plantations. India is now the worlds largest producer of tea.
In the picture below, their are workers picking tea in the valley of the Brahmaputra River.
One of the most common tea produced in India is Assam tea. This black tea is named after the state where it is grown in north eastern India in the state, Assam. Due to Assam's ideal growing climate changes, being cool in the winter and humid and rainy in the summer they produce approximately 1.5 million pounds of tea a year. Assam tea is grown at or relatively near sea level during monsoon season, unlike many other teas. Plantations may be found in the valley of the Brahmaputra river because of the clay, hilly areas, and rich soil full of nutrients. Harvest occurs twice in a first and second flush. The second flush is known to be exceptionally better than the first, it is referred to as "tippy tea" because of the golden tips.
Did you know?
- Long Assam leaves are known to make a better brew of tea, broken leaves and tea dust are put into tea bags.
- Assam tea is known for its dark color and strong taste. It is generally a morning tea due to its high levels of caffeine.